Summer programs for children announced

CROWLEY – It won’t belong before children will be home all day and it probably won’t belong before they are complaining of boredom.

For parents, trying to find good ways for their children to have fun, not be bored and still learn something can be very difficult. Luckily, local entities like the Acadia Parish Libary and The Gallery, are ready and willing to help with just that criteria.

The Acadia Parish Library will once again be hosting it’s summer reading program. This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories” and will allow readers of all ages to travel the world and explore pales from the far corners of the globe through stories, crafts, music and other activities.

The program has been around since the ‘60s and this will mark the 11th year for Bernie Sarver, librarian, with the program.

“The kids really enjoy it,” said Sarver. “It seems to get better every year and they interact and get involved in story that is read.”

Sarver travels to each branch for the branch’s story hour and each visit proves to be an enjoyable experience for Sarver as well as the kids.

“I have so much fun with them,” she said.

Sarver’s looking forward to this year’s program, which will blend the world abroad along with local things.

Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade children living in the area are invited to “explore the world” by joining the program, which will run from May 30 through Aug. 6. Everyone must have a valid Acadia Parish Library Card to participate and interested parties may register anytime before Aug. 6. Those who register will receive a colorful reading log in order to log the books they read and a colorful bookmark. After a child has read 10 books, his or her name will be placed on a world display in the library. If a child reads 20 books, he or she will receive a special colorful “One World, Many Stories” certificate with their name on it.

Each day a program is held, the children will learn to do various activities based on the day’s theme and each library in Acadia Parish will have specific days and programs throughout the summer.

- In Crowley, a story hour is held each Wednesday starting June 8 and lasting through July 20. Their hour will be from 10-11 a.m. Furthermore, the Crowley branch will offer a movie matinee every Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. beginning June 9 and lasting through July 14 for those grades five and up.

- Rayne’s story hour will be held every Thursday, beginning June 9 and ending July 21, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

- Church Point will hold story hour every Tuesday, beginning June 7 and ending July 19, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

- Estherwood, Mondays beginning June 6 through July 18 (excluding July 4), from 3-4 p.m.

- Iota, Wednesdays beginning June 8 through July 20, from 2-3 p.m.

- Mermentau, Tuesdays beginning June 7 through July 19, from 2-3 p.m.

- Morse, Mondays beginning June 6 through July 18 (excluding July 4), from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

More information on the program can be obtained by contacting the Acadia Parish Library at 788-1880 or by visiting their website at

Meanwhile, The Gallery will be allowing children to express their artistic side this summer with their annual “Children’s Summer Workshops” classes beginning in June and lasting through July. There will be a total of eight different sets of classes over eight weeks (one per week). Weeks one through seven are open to children nine years old and up and week eight will be a special class opened to children ages five through 10. Each week has a different theme and features a daily two hour class (excluding the week of July Fourth, which features four classes at two-and-a-half hours per class).

The classes are small, usually about 10 children per class, and children have the opportunity for a lot of hands-on teachings.

“The program’s fabulous,” said Robert Baxter, president of the Crowley Art Association and of the program’s instructors. “It’s a great way for kids to experience art in the summer.”

This year will mark Baxter’s fourth year with the program, and it has been a rewarding four years.

“It’s fun to watch kids learn something for the first time. You can see it in their eyes.”

The Gallery also allows the students to show off their work in their own special gala after the program is over. This year’s cookie and punch gala will be held Aug. 6, 2-4 p.m.

Each week will bring a different experience with different media, or something for everyone.

- Week 1 (June 6-10): “Survivor Art Island,” 1-3 p.m. Instructor for the week will be Patty Ronkartz, and the program will identify the cultures, styles and techniques of Asian Sumi-e, Polish Wycinanki, Russian Lacquer and Mudcloth.

- Week 2 (June 13-17): “Through Their Eyes,” 1-3 p.m. Instructor for the week will be Patty Ronkartz, and the program will identify the works, styles and techniques of Warhol, Dali, VanGogh and Picasso.

- Week 3 (June 20-24): “Principals of Drawing,” 1-3 p.m. Instructors for the week will be Juanita Morrow and Peggy LeBlanc.

- Week 4 (June 27-July 1): “Oil Painting Basics,” 1-3 p.m. Instructors for the week will be Mary Oakley and Ann Ella Joubert.

- Week 5 (July 5-8): “Painting with Acrylics,” 12:30-3 p.m. Instructor for the week will be Glenda Atkinson.

- Week 6 (July 11-15): “Adventures in Art,” 1-3 p.m. Instructor for the week will be Robert Baxter and, as the title would suggest, there will be a different adventure each day.

- Week 7 (July 18-22): “Adventures in Art,” 1-3 p.m. Instructor for the week will be Robert Baxter and, as the title would suggest, there will be a different adventure each day.

- Week 8 (July 25-29): “Arts and Crafts,” 10 a.m.-noon. Instructor for the week will be Susan Brammer-Istre and the class will be children ages five to 10 and will involve assorted types of medium.

There is a $50 per week registration fee and a registration form can be picked up at The Gallery or for more information contact Coordinator Susie Baronet at 783-3747.

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